Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, Patoranking is a singer and songwriter recognised for his infusion of reggae and dancehall with a Nigerian twist. Having grown up in Ebute Metta, the artist is known to have made a name underground before going mainstream.
Proclaiming his love for Arsenal, Patoranking talks about his similarities with Alexis Sánchez. He says, “I work like Sanchez because every time Sanchez doesn’t score, he is never happy about it…he’s a result-oriented person and that’s me.”
What are your fondest musical memories?
I remember dancing at carnivals and winning mainstream dancing competitions. They are beautiful memories. You have the whole ghetto behind you as a dancer.
How did you get the name Patoranking?
A friend was playing guitar at the beach. He asked me my name. Then he called me Patoranking.
How did you learn patois? Some people have said your own dialect is not the original patois. How would you like to respond to that?
I fell in love with the language. I think it’s a language of choice; I chose the language. I cannot be 100 percent fluent as a Jamaican but when I speak to my Jamaican friends, they understand what I am saying. They also love that I can speak their lingo.
What was your experience trying to break into the Nigerian music industry?
To be honest, breaking into the industry was a very tough one. I conquered the underground scene before the mainstream. I remember having a collabo with artists in different local governments in Lagos State. So I came through the right channel, which was going through the underground. I got my big break in 2013. But before then, I had been recording features. I would say I Waited for about 10 years before I made it.
Which of your songs best define you?
That will be Alubarika because I was able to tell people where I am headed and where I am coming from; within three minutes I was able to sell myself to the world. I was able to sell my dream to the world and tell people, “This is me, this is what you can expect.”